You’ve worked hard all week, and now Friday’s here again! It’s time to start planning your weekend! Welcome to Weekend Planner, your weekend update on fun.
Every Friday we put together a list of the weekend events we think look most interesting and provide them here. Keep in mind there is always a lot more going on, and all it takes is a little digging to find something that will be the perfect activity for you.
Click on any of the event titles for a link to the event.
Friday, August 4
Harmonic Brewing, San Francisco
6 PM, Ages: 21+
An evening of fermented eats with Mission Cheese and Harmonic Brewing.
Brewmaster Eddie Gobbo and head cheese monger Alex Armstrong have choreographed a night of cheese and beer for you to enjoy. You will taste through four cheeses, paired with four beers as the brewmaster and cheese monger walk you through tasting notes and how best to enjoy the pairing.
This ticket includes:
Four 1/2oz cheese portions
Four 5oz tasters
Dried fruit & crackers
A guided pairing with the brewmaster and cheese monger, along with tasting notes
Harmonic Brewing is a two year old brewery based in San francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood. We pride ourselves on our well crafted beers and community first vibe. All of our beer is made right here, in the place you are drinking it!
Telegraph Avenue, Oakland
5 PM, All Ages
Oakland First Fridays is an immersive art and community experience on the first Friday of each month on Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th Street.
Every First Friday from 5–9:30 pm, Oakland’s KONO district (Koreatown Northgate) springs to life with galleries, artist collectives, street artists, local culinary artisans, performers, musicians, dancers, DJs, and poets gathering for Oakland First Friday events.
Thousands of people come from across the Bay Area and beyond to see and experience art, be inspired, eat great food, enjoy live music, and stroll through the amazing, eclectic city of Oakland.
One of the cultural partners of Oakland First Fridays is Oakland Art Murmur, a collection of galleries and mixed-use venues many of which are open First Friday evenings. The range of artistic exhibitions is inspiring.
Most of the venues are open from 6–9 pm. Many of the galleries are adjacent to the Telegraph Avenue site of Oakland First Fridays on 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th Streets going east toward the hills.
Directions to Oakland First Fridays Parking is a breeze! Here is a list of parking garages in the area. There are limited parking meters on side streets along Telegraph Ave. Make sure to bring quarters! Feeling lazy? Take BART to 19th Street and stroll a few blocks down to 23rd Street and Telegraph Ave.
Saturday, August 5
Linda Mar State Beach, Pacifica
9 AM, All Ages
The Dog Surfing World Championships take place on the NorCal coast — where the concept for the sport originated with big thanks to the book that started it all – The Dog’s Guide to Surfing – bringing together dog surfing talent for charity. Dog surfers are invited to bring home the gold.
Categories include small, medium, large and very large dog surfing, plus tandem “double dog” surfing along with tandem human/dog surfing.
During the event, there will be a number of activities including the surf competition, partner tents, frisbee catching, ball-fetch-in-water contests, a doggie fashion show and more.
Entrant Check-In: 9-10am
Dog Surfing (exhibitions and heats): 10am-12pm
Human Solo Surfing: 12-1pm
Awards & Prizes Announced: 1-2pm
Pet Wellness Fair (10am-2pm)
Give Your Dog A Checkup (Nails, Teeth, Weight, Tips, Vet Questions)
Massage And Fitness By Happy Hounds Massage
Mobile Pet Adoptions
Surf Dog Village (10am-2pm)
Dog Disc Competition (i.e. Beach Frisbee Catching)
Ball-fetch-in-water Competition (Time TBD)
Speed And Distance For Dog To Retrieve Ball Tossed In Water
Costume Contest (Noon to 1pm)
Dog And Human (Mixed Tandem)
Yappy Hour After Event (2:30 to 5pm)
Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara
10 AM, All Ages
The San Francisco 49ers will begin the celebration of its 71st anniversary at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara on Saturday, August 5, 2017 with a team practice and youth football exhibition.
The event will provide The Faithful with their first opportunity to see the 2017 squad in action. Open to all ages, the practice will take place from 10 am to 1 pm. Plus there’s free food and drinks like hot dogs, fries, nachos, soft drinks and more.
Please note, children under six do not require a ticket. The first day to buy general admission tickets is July 25, 2017. Tickets are limited and will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The 2017 Open Practice presented by SAP will feature a select menu of free food and beverages available to all fans in attendance. The complimentary offerings include stadium staples such as hot dogs, hamburgers, french fries, pizza, nachos, popcorn, peanuts, pretzels, water, coffee, and soft drinks.
Patrons will be limited to selecting four free items per person, per concession stand visit to ensure all guests can be served in a timely manner. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.
Sunday, August 6
10 AM, All Ages
With nearly 400,000 guests, the annual Fremont Festival of the Arts is “the largest free outdoor festival west of the Mississippi,” covering more than four walking miles.
The festival features over 500 top-quality art and craft booths, a Gourmet Marketplace, live music on two stages, street performers, including face painters, henna tattoos, balloons, and an entire section of rides and shows just for the youngins in Kid City.
From paintings and drawings, to jewelry and clothing, to household decorations and furnishing, every piece of beautiful art sold at the Fremont Festival of the Arts is a unique or rare find with many being one-of-a-kind pieces.
In addition, the Festival will offer a variety of food for sale, including famous fair favorites such as funnel cakes and Philly Cheese Steaks. Food Trucks will be on hand selling the hottest in street food and food-truck cult favorites. .
Main Post Lawn, San Francisco
11 AM, All Ages
San Francisco’s favorite family picnic is back for 2017. Presidio Picnic brings together the best of the Bay Area food scene with the beauty of this national park site and views of the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Food Trucks / Pop-Ups The list may change throughout the season, but expect to see 30+ vendors like Bi-Rite Creamery, Nopalito, Senor Sisig, Wing Wings, Del Popolo, Hookt Doughnuts, Dum Indian Food, the Grilled Cheese Guy and tons more.
Getting There Use the FREE shuttle: The PresidiGo operates a route from downtown San Francisco to the Presidio and two routes within the park.
The Downtown express route picks up from the Transbay Terminal, Embarcadero BART, and Union Street/Van Ness Avenue before dropping of at the Presidio Transit Center. > Maps & Departures
The Around the Park routes run two-continuous loops within the Presidio. Both routes originate at the Presidio Transit Center and connect with MUNI and Golden Gate Transit at several locations. > Maps & Departures